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C. Dan Adams … Donor PUBLICITY STUNT???

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Donor PUBLICITY STUNT???: Well … below are the donor totals through 9/30/2019 from the SC Department of Revenue that we were able to obtain because Jeff Davis (the target of anonymous and defamatory political email attacks) filed a FREEDOM OF INFORMATION ACT lawsuit against the SC Department of Revenue. Probably why these email attacks started up on 9/25/2019, but more on that later.

And the DONATIONS are worse than ANYONE could have expected …. and explains why (not so) Exceptional SC leadership REFUSED to tell school leaders how much had been raised.

But instead of #FireChadConnelly doing something to fix this (if he is even capable … which we doubt) …. Chad was hanging out at the Ritz Carlton in New Orleans this month doing “political” stuff WHEN HE SHOULD BE RAISING FUNDS FOR YOUR CHILD’S SCHOLARSHIP HERE IN SOUTH CAROLINA!!!

And instead of addressing the DATA BREACH …. on Friday (not so) Exceptional SC sent out a CELEBRATORY email promoting a $100,000 donation from C. Dan Adams.

Our question …. #1 WHY DID C. DAN ADAMS NOT DONATE EARLIER IN THE YEAR (or did he, and this is just a “stunt”?) …. and #2 WHO IS C.DAN ADAMS????

Normally praising donors is a good thing …. and we would not call it out … but C. Dan Adams is no ordinary donor …. and in fact, his organization was a major cause of this DEBACLE!!!!

For full article, click HERE.

PLUS … there are some rather NASTY posts about C. Dan Adams online by public interest group(s) about how he takes advantage of low income families.

And ironically … a FAILED SOUTH CAROLINA BANK that cost the FDIC and taxpayers $75 MILLION DOLLARS!!!!  Here is the FDIC report as well … CLICK HERE.

(For full article click HERE.)

And WORST of all as it applies to this program … C. Dan Adams organization …. Palmetto Promise Institute … was intimately involved in this 2016 GOVERNMENT TAKEOVER of the scholarship program.  

REMEMBER … it was C. DAN ADAMS’ PALMETTO PROMISE INSTITUTE that said this GOVERNMENT TAKEOVER would make the program BIGGER. BETTER. FASTER. #MAJORFAIL!!!  Palmetto Promise Institute has removed that failed “Legislative Analysis” from their website … but we have a copy.  Click image below.  

REMEMBER, DOR RECOMMEND THIS DEBACLE … RECOMMENDED THE GOVERNMENT TAKEOVER … AND NOW THEY REFUSE TO STEP UP TO FIX IT!!!

We will have MUCH MORE in the coming weeks … stay tuned!!!

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ALEC gives (not so) Exceptional SC a “D-” for 2018

Permanent Law raises them from an “F” in 2016 & 2017.

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We are not the only ones that think the nation’s ONLY government run K-12 tax credit scholarship has been a total failure.  The national conservative group American Legislative Executive Council (ALEC) has also rated the program a big fat “D-“.

Only “Permanent Law” which was signed on May 18, 2018 raised their grade from an “F” in 2016 & 2017 when the Department of Revenue & (not so) Exceptional SC took over administration of the program from independent non-profits. #FollowTheMoney!!!

Here is the ALEC report card on (not so) Exceptional SC.

And how does (not so) Exceptional SC compare to our neighbors in Georgia? Not so good. The $100 million Georgia program got a “B+”. And what is the main difference? Georgia uses independent non-profits!!!

Remember, South Carolina is the only program in the nation (23 total programs in 18 states) that is government run. All the others are administered by independent non-profits.

As the graph above demonstrates … the exact same South Carolina program got a “B” in 2014 … when the SC program was still a year-by-year budget proviso and run by independent non-profits.

The solution is simple and obvious to everyone … the only question is will legislators finally fix this debacle in the 2020 legislative session? Stay tuned …

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DOR releases October 31, 2019 Fundraising Totals – It’s BAD!!!

(not so) Exceptional SC continues to fail.

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FUNDRAISING UPDATE: Only $133,350 raised in October!!!:  Well, thank you to the SC Department of Revenue for continuing to post the monthly fundraising totals with another update on Friday … and continuing to THROW #FireChadConnelly under the bus for his complete failures.

The numbers don’t lie … we only have less than 2 months left for them to raise $8,942,535 .. when they only raised $133,350 last month.  This is a dangerous and unnecessary game (not so) Exceptional SC is playing with our children.  All so Chad Connelly can have a job???  #FollowTheMoney!!!

And worse … if it was not for the $100,000 publicity stunt donation from C. Dan “Subprime” Adams who is the Board Chairman of Palmetto Promise Institute (one of the main groups behind this mess) … they would have only raised $33,350 last month.  THE WORST MONTH YET!!!

And what is (not so) Exceptional SC’s excuse … this week?  See the insanity they told parents this week in their every month or two update:

The tax law changed December 22, 2017 … nearly two years ago.  This is no “transition year” … and EVERYBODY … except apparently (not so) Exceptional SC … knew it.

And it gets worse ….

Remember this from last week.  We pointed it out to the Department of Revenue … and within a few hours their General Counsel was asking the SC Association of CPAs to REMOVE Chad Connelly’s article.  Two years on the job and Chad thinks ALL 73 business taxes in SC are eligible for the credit???

CPAs will never trust this guy!!!  Would you???

And worse … if individual CPAs don’t trust the legal / unconstitutional structure of the NATION’S ONLY government run K-12 tax credit scholarship program enough to advise a client to give $5,000 or $10,000 donation … WHY DO YOU THINK A MAJOR CORPORATION IS GOING TO GIVE MILLIONS?!?!?

Corporations don’t even donate in states were the programs are constitutional … just look at Georgia and the 2019 results of their $100 MILLION program!!! 

10% corporate donors … DOWN from 15% historically.  What is Chad Connelly talking about?!?!?!

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Application FEE starting in 2020?

This is frankly disgusting.

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APPLICATION FEE?!?!?!:  WOW … talk about pouring salt in a wound!!!  Exceptional SC needs to hire a PUBLIC RELATIONS firm to advise them … or maybe they already have … click HERE.

Anyhow … no other state we have EVER HEARD OF charges parents an application fee.  We checked a few programs around the country and can’t find a single one charging an application fee.  This is frankly disgusting.

The “application” technology company is a group called TADS.  We have claimed for years now that these sort of monied special interests are the ones funding the “paid” advocates.  We have heard tons of complaints about TADS … and seen even more complaints about TADS in other states.  Particularly we heard TADS was a massive bust in Illinois when they rolled out the $75 million tax credit program there.

Palmetto Kids FIRST would have NEVER HIRED TADS in the first place … we NEVER charged an application fee … and we would NEVER charge an “application fee” to parents.  For those of you who have been with us since 2014 … can you imagine what the opposition would have said if we had tried to charge parents a fee???  But now … it’s fine???  HECK NO … JUST SAY NO!!!

The application process is easy … but they “need” a TADS to collect all YOUR DATA … and YOUR CHILD’S DATA!!!  “Data” and lining their pockets is what this “application fee” is all about.  Sad …  

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